TCVA's 3rd Party TACAMO Event Policy

Recently TWS (Together We Served) website admin notified its TACAMO members of an upcoming “TCVA Reunion” in Pax River in May 2018. TCVA has since had inquiries about an event in May 2018 at Pax River Solomon's Island Rec. Center. The event, organized by Bill "Buff" Crowell, is indeed scheduled and Bill is actively promoting it. Please be advised that this IS NOT a TCVA sanctioned event. It is NOT sponsored or endorsed by TCVA. TCVA is a non-profit organization formed pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Section 501(c). It does not promote the official or unofficial events or acts of others and therefore, bears no responsibility or liability for such. We hope that Bill has a terrific turnout and his atte

TCVA Fallen Brother Keith Conrad "KC, Ken, or Kenny" Newell

July 5, 1943 - July 6, 2017 It is with much sadness TCVA reports the passing on one of TACAMO brothers, Keith Conrad "KC, Ken, or Kenny" Newell. Obituary for Keith Conrad Newell, known to many as Ken, age 74, of Great Mills, Maryland, passed away on July 6th, 2017. Ken was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 5th, 1943, growing up in Damar, KS, and graduating from Kapaun High School in Wichita, Kansas. Ken was married to Helen Marie Goecke on April 15, 1966, and they were married for 51 years. They chose April 15th because it was both Helen’s birthday and a gentle reminder to pay his taxes. Ken joined the US Navy in 1962 to see the world, and he lived in California, Spain, Guam, and finally sett

2017 TACAMO Reunion Golf Outing

Steve Hickle, 2016 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductee, organized a day of golf for 11 full teams, totalling 44 golfers or wanna be golfers. Each player was given The Golf Warehouse bag of goodies and a very nice lunch. Raffle prizes included: a new putter, golf shirt, several pairs of golf socks, a Navy bell, and several boxes of a dozen golf balls. RESULTS 1st place team = score 59 2nd place team = score 61 Chocko Baker Victor Flores Buff Crowell Joshua Bennett Bernie Grateman Adam Sylvester Chris Lozano

2017 Reunion TACAMOPAC Crew 4 "Celebration of Life" Gathering

Left Photo: Vern Lochausen, John “Admiral” Nelson & CAPT Black of SCW-1, Middle Photo: Tim Mura speaking of his recovery, Right Photo: Photos of TACAMOPAC Crew 4 A Celebration of life was held for family and friends of TACAMOPAC Crew 4. Guest speaker, John “Admiral” Nelson, Wake Island XO June 21, 1977, shared his memories of the last day of Crew 4. The following are "Admiral's" introduction and his speech. John “Admiral Lord” Nelson Introduction by Vern Lochausen, CAPT USN RET., TCVA President & Historian, 2017 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductee Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t know if you believe in serendipity, a universal order, just plain luck, or the words of the Apostle Paul who wrote in Roma

Touring Downtown OKC

Over the weekend, many attendees explored downtown Oklahoma City. All were within walking distance from the Downtown Sheraton, giving everyone time to enjoy downtown.

Honorary Member of the TACMAO Chief Petty Officer Mess Presentation

Cheryl Vos being presented a Certificate of Appointment from Strategic Communications Wing ONE by CMDCM(AW/SS) Jeff Bottoms, Command Master Chief TF-124 / STRATCOMMWING ONE on Saturday evening at the TACAMO Banquet. On Sunday, Vern Lochausen, TCVA President, Honorary Master Chief and 2017 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductee called all Chiefs to muster. Steve Hickle did the honors of conducting Cheryl's Honorary Chief's ceremony. She was presented with a plaque, which reads: "Presented to Cheryl Vos - To recognize your appointment as an Honorary Member of the TACAMO Chief Petty Officer Mess. Your dedication and commitment, combined with your "Navy Chief" like leadership have been directly responsi

2017 TACAMO Banquet Wrap-up

290 attendees enjoy a jam packed evening of fun and surprises. After dinner everyone enjoy some dynamic speeches by Captain Ed McCabe & John “Irish Keilty. Then Mike Vos recognized TCVA's 20th Anniversary founding members Barry Coyle, William "Buff" Crowell, Sue Davies & Lyn Zepic. Vern Lochausen then shared the history of SCW-1. After Cheryl Vos shared the Crew 4 Quest history, a video by Ramon Purcell, Boneyard Safari was shown. "Full military honors tribute to 16 Navy TACAMO Aircrewmen lost in a C-130 off Wake Island! Memorial monument ceremony for TACAMOPAC Crew 4 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, "known as the Punchbowl." June 8th, 2017 by TACAMO Community Veterans

TACAMOPAC Crew 4 "Tree of Life"

TCVA held a reunion in NAS Oklahoma at the Sheraton Downtown OKC. A memorial Tree of Life with 16 pair of boots and photos of TACAMOPAC Crew 4 was displayed in the hotel lobby for a week. On Sunday, June 25th the Oklahoma Red Bud tree donated by Deep Fork Tree Farm was planted in Herc Park on NAS OKC (akc Tinker AFB) by Allen Bard (VQ-3) of Symphony Landscapes LLC. SHERATON DOWNTOWN OKC

How the Hell Did the Navy End Up in Oklahoma?

On Saturday, June 24th everyone gathered to hear the story of how the Navy ended up in OKC. Barry Coyle and Vern Lochausen presented while Ern Lewis & Ed Hampshire added more details. CAPT McCabe brought everyone up-to-date on TACAMO at Tinker AFB.

2018 TACAMO Reunion in Charleston SC

2018 TACAMO Reunion -- Join TCVA in Charleston SC, November 9th to 12th. "Celebrating the stand-up of the VQ-3 & VQ-4 squadrons and their unparalleled flight hour excellence" More information coming soon!

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